• Innovative Voice and Physical Opera

  • KongRang Cultural


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    Developmental direction for vocal-physical opera


    • It has been 100 years since the commencement of the opera industry in China. In the current multi-cultural environment, there needs to be innovation in opera in China. The state government has already devoted large sums to support innovation and original creation in opera.
    • Cultural exchanges between China and foreign nations have developed to an unprecedented degree, and so it will be easier to develop a new style of physical-vocal opera.
    • There is also a great need for innovation in opera internationally, and the problem of an aging audience is in pressing need of solutions.
    • The fusion inherent in vocal-physical opera represents the cutting edge of directing techniques. It aims to increase the visual impact of the action unfolding onstage, thereby attracting a younger audience.
    • Vocal-physical opera can help the genre break free from the restrictions of the theatre. It is adaptable to performances in small venues (galleries, repurposed industrial buildings, etc.), lessening expenditures while helping to diversify the operatic form.
    • The stage design concept must take the physical nature of the performers as a basis, creating costumes which are suited to the specific performers, thereby increasing the artistic range of this aspect of the production.
    • This fresh approach to the performing arts aims to satisfy both the high visual and aural requirements of the modern audience.
    • Research into vocal-physical synthesis will give rise to an opera with a distinctive style, and will be an important influence on the development of opera internationally.
    • These techniques can be applied not only to opera, but also to stage plays, musical theatre, physical theatre, etc., aiming to blend the best of the Western theatrical tradition with the characteristic elements of various Chinese traditions (including not only theatrical traditions such as Chinese opera, but also various martial arts) all with the goal of broadening the expressive range of the performance.


    Prospects for Vocal-Physical theatre


    • It is a new art form which was inspired by the diverse real-world experiences of a performer.
    • It will bring audiences a completely new theatrical experience.
    • It will break new ground in East-West cultural fusion.
    • It will be beneficial for the development and marketing of small-scale operas.
    • It will be of great educational value in the training of opera performers.
    • It will propel the continued development of the operatic tradition and have widespread influence on performance practices in the genre.
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      Shiru Wang

      founder and artistic director


      Theatre Director – Musical Theatre, Opera, Vocal and Physical

      Operatic Tenor

      Voice and Physical technique research and practice coach

      Shanghai Spatial Voice and Physical Studio Founder


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      2000-2005 (BA) Renmin University of China

      5-year undergraduate programme in Music Performance


      East 15 Acting School, United Kingdom (MFA) Theatre Directing

      Work Experience

      2006-2015, Shanghai Opera House, Opera Performer


      Directing Work

      Jean Cocteau/Francis Poulenc: La Voix Humaine as Executive Director, China tour

      Sarah Kane: Blasted, London

      Yasmina Reza: Art, London

      Original Vocal and Physical theatre production: Erotic Poem, London

      Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore, London

      Mo Fan: Thunderstorm, as Assistant Stage Supervisor, Shanghai

      2017 CCTV Harbin Spring Festival Musical: Autumn Fairy Tale, as Executive Director

      2017 Original English Opera: The Monk and The Lotus, Tête à Tête International Opera Festival, Director, Librettist, and Artistic Producer


      International Opera


      Puccini: Turandot, as PONG


      National Centre for the Performing Arts, worked with conductor Lü Jia and theatre director Xinyi Chen


      Shanghai Grand Theatre, worked with conductor Guoyong Zhang


      Seoul National Grand Theatre, conductor Xinchao Li


      National Centre for the Performing Arts 10 year anniversary, conductor Lü Jia, worked with an international cast


      Puccini: Tosca as SPOLETTA


      Guangzhou Grand Theatre (opening ceremony), worked together with Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, conductor Danny Orland, and director Maurizio di Mattia


      Shostakovich: The Nose, as chief police officer

      2006 – Chinese premiere

      Produced by Shanghai Opera House, conductor, Guoyong Zhang, Director Xinyi Chen

      Leoncavallo: Pagliacci, as Beppe


      Produced by Shanghai Opera House, conductor Guoyong Zhang, director Maurizio di Mattia


      Verdi: Otello


      Finland Savonlinna Opera Festival, conductor Guoyong Zhang, director Maurizio di Mattia


      Rossini: The Barber of Seville, as Count Almaviva

      2009 produced by Shanghai Opera House


      UK original musical production: Plum Blossom, as father Lee

      2015 Produced by Golden Smith University


      Mozart: Requiem

      2008 to celebrate China and Italy diplomatic relations, performance at the Vatican

      2008 Vienna Musikverein performance


      Other operas in which I have performed in minor roles:

      Le Nozze di Figaro

      L’elisir d’amore

      II trittico




      La Boheme, La Traviata, Otello, Rigoletto, Carmen, The Merry Widow


       Chinese Opera/Musical



      Mo Fan: Thunderstorm, Shanghai Opera House, conductor: Zhang Guoyong, director: Zha Minzhe



      Lei Lei: Xi Shi, National Centre for the Performing Arts, conductor: Chen Zuohuang, director: Cao Qijing



      Guo Wenjing: The Poet Li Bai, Shanghai Opera House, performed in Rome in conjunction with China Cultural Year, conductor: Zhang Guoyong, director: Lin Zhaohua

      2009 Collaboration between Shanghai Grand Theatre and Beijing Baoli Theatre


      An Dong: Master Hongyi, multi-media musical production

      2009 Shanghai Theatre Academy, Shanghai Oriental Art Centre, Shanghai Cultural Promotion, director: Xiong Yanwei

      2010 Shanghai Grand Theatre and Shanghai Theatre Academy



      Jin Xiang: The Wilderness



      Yan Su: Sister Jiang


      Audio and video recording work


      2010 recorded a gospel album: God Holds My Hand

      2015 BBC Online Education programme: BBC MANDARIN SUPERHERO SCHOOL

      2016 Musical: Aladdin produced in UK, audio and video recording


      Coaching and international events experience


      2007-2016 various experience in vocal coaching

      2011-2016 conducted research in vocal and physical techniques and began coaching these techniques

      2014-2016 began corresponding and exchanging professional knowledge internationally on vocal and physical theory and its practice and application.

      Coached and conducted choral groups using these innovative and unique vocal and physical techniques.


      -Performed in international musical events such as the Savonlinna Opera Festival, Macau International Music Festival, Beijing International Music Festival, Shanghai Spring International Music Festival, and the 2010 Shanghai Expo.

      -Invited to Italy’s Cina Vicina 2008.

      -Have given performances in the Vatican, Vienna, Salzburg, Berlin, Finland, Korea, Singapore, and Sweden etc.